Album of the Day: The Kinks (10/2/64)

f460eb6709a04ad6b4670110_L__SL500_AA240_The Kinks’ first album was released on the Pye label in England as Kinks on October 2, 1964, and as You Really Got Me on the same day in the U.S. by Reprise Records. Inexplicably, the U.S. version contained three fewer tracks than its British cousin. This maddening practice was fairly common in the 60s with rock records (check the Beatles and Stones’ catalogs for further proof) when British labels and their American counterparts frequently pressed albums that differed slightly by market. For U.S. buyers, the three missing tracks on You Really Got Me (“I Took My Baby Home,” “I’m A Lover Not A Fighter” and “Revenge”) were largely inconsequential; both records included the big hit “You Really Got Me” and both exhibit the raw British Invasion rock ‘n roll that was the hallmark of the early Kinks. Within a few years and a few albums, the Kinks would stand with the Beatles, the Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin at the peak of the British rock pantheon, and they are widely credited as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. The Kinks are in the Playlist Vault on You Really Got Me is available as a CD on Amazon.


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